Garage48 Hack-A-Train

When 19-21 April 2019

Where Mariupol and Lviv, Ukraine 

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  • Are you ready to be part of one of the most unique hackathons in the world!?


    Garage48, Beetroot Academy, Yep! and N-iX in partnership with Estonian Development Cooperation invite you to hop on board on your wildest ride ever- a Hack-A-Train en-route from Mariupol to Lviv to turn world-shaking ideas into functioning prototypes over 48 crazy hours of hacking!


    Like the name suggests, it ain’t your typical hackathon. Nor is it for the faint of heart. Say ‘Hello’ to travelling through Ukraine old school- on train- together with nearly 100 fellow mad minds - all sharing the same goal: to validate their ideas and turn the best ones into a fully functioning prototypes!



    Hack-A-Train boards from Mariupol exactly on the 19th of April at 12:50PM, so please make sure you are not late or else the train will board without you and you can only weep on the railings as the train slowly disappears on the horizon.


    EVERYONE will get a chance to present their idea in a 90 second pitch. Teams are formed on the spot around the best ideas. Do not worry if you don’t have an idea at all, you are more than welcome to hop on board of the Hack-A-Train and join an idea you relate with the most.


    In the FIRST STAGE of the hackathon, we’ll focus solely on validating and finding possible solutions to your business idea. Through well-structured brainstorming sessions, with the help of skilled design, business, marketing and tech mentors, these ideas will be turned into paper-prototypes over the course of a 28-hour long train ride. This is the time to take your work to a next level and turn your initial ideas into well-functioning business concepts.


    In the SECOND STAGE, after the train has boarded in Lviv, our long-term partner N-iX is welcoming all the weary travellers to their beautiful office and cozy event space. Most importantly, the venue has an excellent WIFI connection, warm meals and refreshing drinks- everything to help to turn your already validated idea into a prototype. All the teams will get a chance to present their prototypes on the stage at our Sunday night finale and best teams will receive amazing prizes that will enable them to develop their ideas even further.



    Everyone is welcomed - designers, front-end and back-end developers, marketeers, business minds, visionaries and project managers. Register now and get ready for the train ride that will boost your professional life into new heights!


    Just to be clear, this hackathon is meant for everyone - we do not discriminate by age, gender nor ideas, as long as they all carry that spark of hope for a better tomorrow.


    Synergy and diversity are vital for INNOVATION and GROWTH!


    PLEASE REGISTER EARLY and FAST. There are only 52 tickets in total to this crazy event! 


    Join the event on FACEBOOK.

    Friday, 19th of April
    11:30 Registration starts in the Mariupol railway station (Address: Donetsk region, Mariupol, Pavlova Mitchma pl., 10)
    12:50 Hack-A-Train boards
    13:00 Light snacks and coffee
    13:15 Opening remarks by Garage48 and partners
    13:45 Presentation of ideas
    15:30 Team formation
    16:00 Canva workshop - setting the goals for the next 24 hours
    16:30 Teamwork starts
    18:00 Design workshop
    19:00 Dinner
    19:45 Teamwork continues
    21:00 Mentors go around

    Saturday, 20th of April
    10:00 Breakfast
    11:00 Checkpoint #1- teams show their finalised business canvas
    12:00 Pitch training 
    13:00 Lunch
    15:00 Mentors go around
    17:30 Hack-A-Train arrives to Lviv
    18:00 Arriving to N-iX venue (Address: Storozhenko, 32, Lviv, Lviv region, Ukraine, 79000)
    18:15 Dinner
    19:00 Welcome to N-ix / Full on prototyping begins
    20.00 Pitch drill #1

    Sunday, 21st of April
    09:00 Breakfast
    10:00 Checkpoint #2
    11:00 Developing the prototype continues
    13:00 Time to grab lunch and continue prototyping
    15:30 Pitch drill session #2 with demo
    17:45 Coffee break with light snacks
    18:00 Final event and LIVE stream
    20:00 Announcing the winners, celebrations, networking


    Positive attitude, an open mind and lots of energy! Be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams. MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!

    Please take your:
    1) Fully loaded laptop
    2) Fully loaded mobile phone
    3) Powerbanks 
    4) All chargers
    5) Water bottle
    6) Sleeping bag 
    7) Towel 
    8) Earplugs, sleeping mask 


    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Moderator and the audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions. Please prepare 1 PDF slide to support your pitch. You should send the slide by Thursday, 18th of April  17.00, to

    After pitching is over, we will put all the ideas on the wall. Every participant will choose their favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, 12 to 18 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation. The average team has about 4 to 6 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours!

    The Mentors 

    Kai Isand
    Pitch Coach and Host at Garage48; CEO @ Eventornado
    Romet Tagobert
    Senior Software Engineer at Twilio
    Cesar Zeppini
    Design Lead at Veriff
    Maido Parv
    Senior Product Designer at Wise
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at R&D, Software and Data at Salto Network
    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    David Castillo
    Designer at Veriff
    Valeriia Holierova
    Design Thinking & Customer Experience Expert, Ukrainian Startup Fund
    Visa Nagieva
    Project Coordinator @ YEP!
    Andreas Flodström
    Founder & CEO at Beetroot
    Triin Preem
    Startup Segment Manager at Swedank Eestis
    David Herdenberg
    Project Manager at Beetroot Academy
    Joel Burke
    Entrepreneur at Charity Entrepreneurship
    Alexey Voronkov
    Head of Markets at e-Residency
    Tarmo Annus
    Software developer at Obyte


    Merit Vislapu
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Orest Furhala
    Executive Assistant to CEO @ N-iX
    Yuliya Derekh
    Event Manager @ N-iX
    Yurko Zavaliy
    Senior Marketing Manager @ N-iX
    Liza Holiarchuk
    Event Manager at YEP!
    Kseniia Semenova-Shelevytska
    Communications Manager at YEP!

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